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The phone is your leash (4, Interesting)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941892)


[PET_PEEVE-2978741]

This in theory means the user is not distracted by other things occurring in their immediate surroundings.

For me the phone is a major distraction. When I'm busy I don't want a damn phone call from anyone. Unfortunately some people live by the phone; watch when a phone rings and see how people jump to answer it. Screw that: the phone is a convenient tool for me not a backdoor by which others can invade my space and privacy.

When I had a land-line at the house I didn't own an answering machine. Caller ID let me know who called and I could decide if a return call was warranted because once a message is left the onus is on you to call back. I have just my cell now and don't give out the number to non-friends & family. Take control of your life, the phone isn't your master.

[/PET_PEEVE-2978741]

Re:The phone is your leash (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6941921)

How did people leave messages if you didn't have an answering machine/voice mail?

Re:The phone is your leash (1)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941959)

They didn't. I would see who called via CID and I'd call back if I wanted. "Sears Canada", for example, would never get a return call. I don't need one of their credit cards.

Re:The phone is your leash (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6941990)

I have one thing to say to you.

badger badger badger badger badger badger
badger badger badger badger badger badger
MUSHROOM MUSHROOM!

oooh snake... oooh it's a snake... it's a

badger etc.

Re:The phone is your leash (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6942077)

I keep my phone unplugged unless I want to call somebody or I know that a friend wants to call me. If my woman's out of town, she'll drop me an email telling me to plug in the phone at $TIME so she can call. Otherwise, the damned phone stays unplugged.

Re:The phone is your leash (4, Insightful)

jeffkjo1 (663413) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942147)

Caller ID let me know who called and I could ecide if a return call was warranted because once a message is left the onus is on you to call back.

I can't stand you people... at least once a month, I get a call from someone that says, "Hi, I have your number in my caller id."
And I reply, "Ok, who are you?"
"I am such and such, you called my house."
"6 people live in my household. I don't know who called you. Were you expecting a call from us?"

And then they get all annoyed because they realize that they have no idea why they called. Meanwhile, you interrupted my chicken salad sandwich.

could this be (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6941893)

first post :D

Driving... (5, Funny)

cjustus (601772) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941896)

You don't want to be driving while using this phone...

Re:Driving... (1, Redundant)

Mephie (582671) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941969)

Yes, especially given that you'd have to be in a pool full of water.. That's not usually good on cars.

Damn it (2, Funny)

jabbadabbadoo (599681) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941897)

"...that isolates the user from all other sensory input"

Sounds like sex isn't going to be as much fun as before.

Re:Damn it (2, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941983)


Sounds like sex isn't going to be as much fun as before.

Your hands are still free while floating in the pool. You are referring to phone-sex0r, right?

Sonds like great technology for car phones! (5, Funny)

Trigun (685027) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941899)

Why should the driver be bothered by my horn, or the wrecked bus of burning nuns?

MOD PARENT REDUNDANT (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6941978)

sheesh. five out of the first ten comments make the same joke.

Re:MOD PARENT REDUNDANT (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6941989)

and they all have the same time stamp....intriguing

This just in... (1)

garrulous (653996) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941901)

mobile phone conversant drivers have new bouts of accidents while trying sensory deprivation in the aforementioned circumstances

Re:This just in... (1)

Griim (8798) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941951)

Are you kidding?! Most people that I've seen, yapping on the phone while driving, may as well be in Sensory Deprivation Tanks...

Sad News John Cash-Ritter dead at 54 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6941902)

I just heard some sad news on talk radio, gangsta rap legend John Cash-Ritter 54, was found dead at his Hollywood mansion. The apparant cause of death was a ruptured rectum. Even if you did not appreciate his work, there is no denying his contributions to violent hardcore gangsta rap culture. Truly an American icon.

great idea.. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6941907)

Oh man, I can't wait to try this when I'm on the freeway!

get outta my way, i'm comin throuuugh!

I'm sorry, who is this for? (3, Insightful)

Future Man 3000 (706329) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941909)

CEOs of companies that could afford this don't need it; they've already got other mechanisms to avoid distractions on the phone.

Unless they're filling the office pool with water, this sounds like something that missed its (.com) era.

Sorry About That, Chief! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6941912)

Looks a lot like the "Cone of Silence" from Get Smart. Bet it works just as well. :)

Re:Sorry About That, Chief! (1)

kzinti (9651) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941996)

Bet it works just as well.

Yeah, but only if you're talking on your shoephone.

Cone of SIlence (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6942101)

I thought that "Cone of Silence" came from Dune.

Considered silly. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6941915)

Are you sure this hasn't come from MIT?

No sensation and no... (1, Redundant)

questamor (653018) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941920)

...ability to drive?

And you thought people using mobile phones while driving NOW were dangerous.

fun.

Re:No sensation and no... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6941956)

Not funny, and no I don't think we're dangerous. I absolutely need to use my phone while driving, and pulling over to the side of the road while using the phone every time I had a call would make me even more dangerous than using the phone while moving along. Besides, I'm only on the phone for less than 5 minutes. Personally I think you have to be a bit brain damaged to not be able to do more than talk when you're driving.

Re:No sensation and no... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6942004)

For every person that can handle it there are ten that can't. Hell I've seen people that can't have a conversation with the person sitting next to them without losing focus on the road. No matter you think cell phones are very dangerous in most people hands while driving. I've seen people run stop signs, drive 30 miles per hour on the highway, swerve wildly, cut across three lanes to make a turn they missed. My sister was actually in an accident because of a cell phone.

No one is saying to pull over but for God's sake at least buy a $10 headset or speaker phone attachment for it.

Re:No sensation and no... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6942079)

I don't think we're dangerous

Oh sure, no one ever does. "I can drive faster than the speed limit because I'm a better driver and that means I'm not dangerous!" or "I can steer with my knees because I'm in control and I'm not dangerous!"

I absolutely need to use my phone while driving

Oh really? Tell us Mr. President, how do you find time to relax with your oh so busy schedule? It must be hell, poor you!

Besides, I'm only on the phone for less than 5 minutes.

Oh, five minutes, is that all? Lets see, five minutes at 50Mph...that 4 Miles you covered without paying proper attention to what you're doing. Thats O.K though, because you're not dangerous, right?

Dumbest Thing I've seen. - Ever. (3, Insightful)

FileNotFound (85933) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941926)

The subject says it all...

I'm sorry..but this is so retarded I don't know where to begin.

Why? Ugh..god...

I want what they're smoking...

Hello, mods? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6942046)

Why has this been modded as insightful? And to +5? The poster might have a point, but his blanket statement sure isn't doing anything to let us know what it is.

Time for me to get on my other account and mod that down.

Re:Hello, mods? (1)

FileNotFound (85933) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942087)

Use your imagination and try to think for a second. I assure you it's refreshing.

If you can answer the "Why?" then it's not the dumbest thing I've ever seen. But I don't think you can.

So far nobody has. Total focus on the phone call? Who needs a swimming pool and that hidous helmet for that? If you can't focus as is, you got real problems.

Re:Dumbest Thing I've seen. - Ever. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6942063)

I agree.

If this catches on, how am I going to enjoy my hummer from the intern underneath my desk?

-Bill Clinton

Re:Dumbest Thing I've seen. - Ever. (4, Interesting)

h00pla (532294) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942097)

Absolutely. I read an article a while back but I don't remember exactly where I saw it - I think it was in The Guardian - but it said we're now entering a period where inventors are producing stuff that has dubious value for society. It talks about how companies are now putting a great deal of effort into providing features for things - I think they mentioned cell phones - and they know that people don't use these features. The article points out that instead of making the phone better in other ways - they take surveys to find out why people aren't using the features. Here we have another example of this kind of misplaced creativity. The inventor actually says this:

Whilst it's not necessarily very efficient, in many ways it's very pragmatic ...

That's a pretty telling statement.

No smell? (3, Funny)

turg (19864) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941928)

From the story.

"You can't hear anything else, you can't see anything else, you can't smell anything else, all you have coming in is the telephone call.

That is, you can't smell anything else if the swimming pool isn't chlorinated.

Hmmm. No, I guess that wouldn't actually help much either

Slashdot Effect? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6941929)

I heard they're licencing the Slashdot effect and applying it to Humans...

LiVo? (1)

photomic (666457) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941930)

I'd buy this if it had some enhanced buffering features. Why not design some sort of real-time TiVo-like personal interface (LiVo?), with goggles and audio and all? That way, you could simply fast forward through conversations and encounters that are unenjoyable, boring, or repulsive. Isn't life too short to have to confront the mundane all of the time? Live personal LiVo secretaries could sift through the data and only bring us up to real-time when something/someone important happens. The rest of the time, we would be watching TeeVee, of course. With TiVo.

This technology is obviously already there... (1)

TWX (665546) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941933)

... to anyone who has ever seen people drive while talking on the phone...

Bad idea (3, Funny)

Andrewkov (140579) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941934)

This sounds like a bad idea ... It's annoying enough talking listening to people on the phone when I can distract myself by doing other things. Imagine if I cound't read Slashdot while users where telling me their life stories? How tedious would that be?! ;-)

Made me smile (3, Funny)

ewanb (18483) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941938)

The idea that people would actively get into
a swimming pool and put on a helmet to answer
a work phone call. The mental image... is
quite worrying in some cases.

Though I find the best thing about working from
home is that people dont have my phone number
here, so ... noone calls me. And I go to no
meetings. Magical.

Isolation... but at what cost? (1)

zanderredux (564003) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941939)

Does it mean that you have to wear your swim clothes just to answer a phone call? Answering phones do not require that. Although I find it useful for air traffic controllers - they need concentration!

What this device should be for... (1)

fruey (563914) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941941)

...is for talking to some real hot babe (hot because of her voice, not her body), or playing recordings of really mellowing music. Most people I'd end up talking to on the phone would defeat the whole object of forgetting my surroundings.

Now, some device like this to chill with a possibility of a soundtrack with erotic noises and some chick with breathing apparatus going at me ... I shudder to think where this is all coming from. Maybe it's because it's Friday afternoon.

Re:What this device should be for... (1)

Boiling_point_ (443831) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942000)

Dude - it's an article about a novel conceptual environment for mobile phone usage... not a prompt for you to tell us about your fantasies... both hands on the desk now, please.

Sense free, but not other-thoughts free (5, Insightful)

Richardsonke1 (612224) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941942)

First of all, it would take a while for me to not be distracted using this "phone." How many of you are not in some way excited every time you get a new tech toy. I would be thinking more about the device, how it works, and the fact that I am in water, more than about the conversation. Your general conversations: "Dude! I'm floating in water while I talk! Isn't that cool?!"

Remember kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6941946)

Don't put this in your ass!

I can see it now (4, Funny)

Hittite Creosote (535397) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941947)

Just as you're in the middle of your early morning swim, when some prat walks in wearing a helmet and calls out

HELLO? I'M IN THE POOL!

On the plus side, it'll be easier to drown them...

I wish the rest of the inusry woult take a clue (2, Insightful)

Duckman5 (665208) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941957)

It ignores novelties such as polyphonic ringtones and games and instead it is designed to help you concentrate on a phone call itself.

I'm sick of seeing all sorts of pointless features added to phones. The manufacturers know no bounds. This device isn't particularly useful, being as you need a swimming pool, but if it were made smaller, this could be something really useful when making important phone calls (when not driving, of course). I wish all the cell phone manufacturers would focus on making useful advancements such as this and better call clarity.

Driving with a phone would be illegal then... (1)

Yousef (66495) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941958)

No one will pay attension to the road.

Re:Driving with a phone would be illegal then... (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6942041)

a) The joke has been made ten times already.
b) Driving with a cell phone is already illegal in many states.
c) Must people don't drive in a pool.
d) You're a moron.
e) The reply to this post will be - "Get a sense of humor."
f) The reply to that post will be - "Get a job you stinking pile of shit."

Re:Driving with a phone would be illegal then... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6942096)

lol get a sence of humour!!1!

Doesn't solve the problem! (2, Interesting)

klaxor (702442) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941964)

Whilst it's not necessarily very efficient, in many ways it's very pragmatic, in that the user will be totally focused on who they're talking to.

Um, excuse me, but that's the problem with existing phones - the person concentrates only on the conversation, to the exclusion of everything else, including driving. If anything, we need a phone that would allow a person to do something else other than just talking. (And yes, I know about wireless headsets and I think they're great...)

Re:Doesn't solve the problem! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6942055)

You know at first I was hoping that it was a device that would block the sounds from the person on the other end. You know how many times somebody has gotten pissed because I was pinching a loaf while on the phone. I obiously could mute but then they would be able to tell (no sound at all).

Sensory Deprivation... (4, Interesting)

Thomas M Hughes (463951) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941967)

The article doesn't really say how you would dial when you're immersed in complete sensory deprivation. I mean, your sense of sight, sound, and smell are supposedly completely removed by the device, and your body is supposed to be in body temperature water, getting rid of gravity and most of your touch. Wouldn't that make dialing a number difficult?

I suppose maybe you could only receive calls on the thing. But then, wouldn't it be impossible for two people to use them? If the point is to focus everything onto the conversation itself, if only one person has the experience, I imagine the person in the deprivation would be pretty pissed that the other person wasn't pay as much attention as they were.

Then again, this is a luxury item, and might only be available to executives for business calls. Perhaps they have their secretaries do all the dialing and then its just forwarded to the device, so they don't even have to worry about that aspect of it.

Ultimately, I think its impractical, though I'm glad that some people are doing truly innovative work. I give it a B for effort.

The unmobile-mobile phone (1, Insightful)

DGtlRift (235865) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941981)

These pictures don't really give me the impression that this is very convenient. I get charged for both air-time and pool time? I take it that this is just a prototype, but let's be realistic, how is this going to work outside the lab setting?

Oh, and this contraption looks like something from that show Get Smart.. you remember "The Cone of Silence"?

wacky.. (0)

l8apex (582898) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941987)

It's not April 15th, is it??

Re:wacky.. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6942073)

I think you mean April 1st which is April Fools Day. April 15th is April Fucking Taxes Day.

Intentional rimshot? (1)

Ambush (120586) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941991)

In a way it's a luxury item that allows for a really in-depth conversation

What more can be said?

stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6941995)

so... media lab europe is just as stupid and pointless as the original mit media lab. all buzzwords, no substance.

Claustrophobia? Hydrophobia? (1)

KillerHamster (645942) | more than 10 years ago | (#6941998)

...wearing a darkened helmet in a swimming pool

This sounds like enough to drive someone insane who has a condition like this. Heck, it would even make me a bit uncomfortable.

That and, of course, communicating with another human using voice instead of a computer.

I knew it! (1)

Soko (17987) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942002)

If you are making a business call, you will probably want to refer to your notes.
This is not an easy task if you are wearing a darkened helmet in a swimming pool.


This is a tool of the Dark Side! It will seduce our business leaders and make them slaves to dark forces that only MBAs will understand!
Oh, wait...

Soko

umm ... (1)

Abm0raz (668337) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942003)

Ok, who's getting fired at the BBC for accidently releasing next year's April Fool's story early?

-Ab

Background Noises (1)

sinjayde (661825) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942007)

I work in telemarketing (well its classed as that, even though I wouldn't really call it that) and we have to actually listen out for background noises as a way of identify a persons interests. For example, a baby crying, a dog barking, Pearl Jam playing on the CD. Guess this will mean one less thing to think about when on the phone, sounds like a good idea!

Old stuff (1)

cerberusss (660701) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942008)

*yawns* This is old stuff. I have a book here called "Shadow Run" from Fasa and it's all explained right here. I'm getting sick and tired of this site.

'Hi honey, I'm on the mech! ' (1)

Channard (693317) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942152)

*yawns* This is old stuff. I have a book here called "Shadow Run" from Fasa and it's all explained right here. I'm getting sick and tired of this site.

That's all we need - a mobile using mech user, completely oblivious while his Atlas crushes four grocery stores an a kindergarten beneath its feet.

All the meanwhile (2, Insightful)

antis0c (133550) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942010)

Your house is burning down, your kid cut his hand off, your husband is having a heart attack but your zoned out on your phone call to to vote for the next American Idol.

Be Afraid.... (1)

Tsali (594389) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942011)

... Do I have to wear tight red shorts to use it? That would be distracting as it is.

Looks like some R&D team has too much time on their hands.

Look at the pictures in the article (1)

southpolesammy (150094) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942018)

...and tell me that this doesn't remind you vaguely of a popular movie series involving people that plug in and out of a virtual reality universe....

At last a *practical* phone accessory! (1)

Phil John (576633) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942031)

Brilliant, now all they need to do is shrink it down so it can fit in my pocket.

Seriously, these guys get paid to come up with rubish like this? Anyone who can't concentrate on, say, a phone call and cooking probably doesn't know how to work a phone, let alone make a call.

Yet another case of coming up with a device and then trying to justify it.

FIRE, FIRE! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6942033)

Oh, I'm not distracted...Phones are so good to talk on.

Cingular signs deal with Campus Frat-houses (1)

Wvyern (701666) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942036)

This just in, College Frat-houses have banded together and signed a deal with Cingular. Cingular will now provide sensory deprivation mobile phones, free of charge, to all female students on approximately 70% of the American campuses. This of course means that the drop off rate for female students will climb through the roof as the pregnancy occurences for freshman females grows.

YAY! (2, Interesting)

phloydphreak (691922) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942037)

hm, I dont have the attention span or caring to devote time to a phone call, locking my door and spending quality time with loved ones. I guess I will buy a sensory deprivation phone so that my ADD (read American upbringing) wont interfere with the quality time I am not willing to put effort into.

After all, a phone is not enough to converse, but with a helmet, all things things are possible. I mean... its a helmet.

SHIT! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6942039)

My phone is ringing! Quick, find a swimming pool!

a bit of my sensory deprivation experience (2, Insightful)

zptdooda (28851) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942043)

Sounds great - except for the phone.

When I tried a sensory deprivation tank (no phone, just epsom salts thanks), it was a big egg-shaped tank without any lights. Afterwards my date and I got totally engrossed in cutlery at the restaurant. We were swimming in over-perception. The effect waned over a few days.

Guess with this one you could get your computer to phone you and play "Echoes" by Pink Floyd, or just shut the phone off.

Anyone know any good sensory deprivation music? Polly would need a hi-fi phone though...

BTW I'm experimenting with browsing at -4 funny, o/w my comment would have been something like "Looks like the woman's phone has 5 spheres not 3. Oh wait ..." (someone's probably said this by now, let me check ...)

Sorry, I got distracted... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6942061)

I don't know about you guys, but this thing would have to be very good to keep me from noticing the chick in the black bikini in the background...

sensory deprivation provided buy corepirate nazis (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6942064)

aka, unprecedented evile, aka, the walking dead.

no need to think about/participate in yOUR surroundings? it's only making/answering the 'call' that's important?

pay attention to yOUR environment. get ready to see the light.

that old tune title (hope we don't get 'busted' for using it) "make the world go away", takes on new/varied meaning in these times.

the prevalent notion that 'everything will be taken care of' without yOUR knowledge/participation is insidiously misleading.

in our estimation, the biggest 'threat' against US (aside from continuing to fire bullinedly into the 'crowd', whilst demanding applause), would be a failure to recognize our 'role' in the problems. we're victims for sure, but whoare ALL the perpetrators (see also: corepirate nazi puppets), gets lost in the ?pr? ?firm? generated propaganda spew.

consult with/trust in yOUR creator. seek others of non-aggressive behaviours/intentions. that's the spirit.

the lights ARE coming up now. pay attention (to yOUR heart, for example). that could lead to new ways (see also: newclear power plan) of thinking about/dealing with, the needs/rights of others EVERYWHERE on the planet.

having the attention span of a gnat, & similar ambitions, might be ok if you are just planning to be a consumer/type one liners.

take care of each other, you're all we've got. we're here for you. get ready to see the light.--

worth reading, again, with feeling.

"It takes a long time to teach the judges, legislators, and public to understand technology. Right now, they're getting a strong dose of "education" on the Internet's threats and harms, and not hearing so much about its potential. Shouts of "piracy" often outweigh consideration of how we might communicate with more open media formats, but judges like Stephen Wilson in the Grokster case are starting to listen through the shouting. We're encouraging more people to think about how the law shapes technological innovation, how the technology itself can foster creativity, and then to do something about it to advance the public interest."--

"The stability of the large world house which is ours will involve a revolution of values to accompany the scientific and freedom revolutions engulfing the earth. We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing"-oriented society to a "person"-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered. A civilization can flounder as readily in the face of moral and spiritual bankruptcy as it can through financial bankruptcy."

OT question (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942072)

Why is this in the "related links" section?

"Compare the best prices on: Consumer Electronics"

Which forwards you to osdn.pricegrabber.com?

Is tricking people into generating those $0.00001 referral clicks is the new business model? Not selling enough subscriptions?

What's the deal?

This is just what I've been looking for... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6942075)

...to really help me concentrate on masturbating! And makes for easy cleanup!

That's just fucking stupid. (-1, Troll)

s0l0m0n (224000) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942081)

Jesus Christ on a motherfucking pogo stick!

What the hell do you need to have that indepth and focused phone coversation about? Anything technical will probably require outside resources, and anything personal should be conducted in person.

Trying to reach Zen?
Hang up the damn phone.

Cars (1)

ianfs (236640) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942091)

I don't know about you, but I sure don't want to have someone in the car in front of me removed from all sensory stimulation during the morning commute!

Don't walk on the sidewalks! (4, Funny)

Bendebecker (633126) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942098)

I bet some fool will get it for his car...
"Yeah, officer, I was driving down the highway at 65mph when my phone rang. I have no idea how I ended up in this field! And why is the front of my car all covered in blood?"

Abusable (2, Funny)

Doesn't_Comment_Code (692510) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942113)


Imagine running and jumping into the pool, strapping on your Lunar Lander floating headset, and getting all situated, just to find a telemarketer on the other end of the line!

I don't know what's worse, that you have to get out and dry off, or that the telemarketer has your TOTAL ATTENTION.

Logical application (1)

zakezuke (229119) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942116)

I'm struggling on a logical application on this one. The only thing I can think of is the super duper isophonesex lines. You can really focus in on the caller breathing heavy as you masturbate in a luke warm pool. It's an experence, and probally legal in most civilized countries.

[OT] music & sensory deprivation (1)

ballpoint (192660) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942126)

One of the things I really like doing in bed (lame replies welcome) is listening to music with excellent earphones (Sony MDR-EX51LP Fontopia). The deprivation of other senses at night (floating on the matress, pitch dark, no other sounds) lets you fully grasp the details in the music. Beats listening to a stupid phone.

I can think of a least one use... (1)

Skier4Life (655714) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942127)

My brother works at a call centre and they are always being lectured on how they have to pay attention and stay focused on the customer.

I can see it now, every call centre gets rid of the cubicles and installs giant swimming pools, people leaving work looking like giant raisins. They wouldn't even have to leave their phone to take a pee, as long as the water doesn't contain the stuff that turns purple if someone pees.

To sum up the article in one sentance. (4, Insightful)

Badgerman (19207) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942129)

People with too much time on their hands invent incredibly impractical device for easily distracted people who probably will never use it anyway.

But... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6942132)

does it work outside water? Or everytime the phone rings: *ring* *ring*
AAAAAAAARGH not again
*takes off clothes*
*puts on helmet*
*dives into water*
Hi, we have this great new vacuum cleaner we're selling

The date on my computer must be wrong... (1, Funny)

John Harrison (223649) | more than 10 years ago | (#6942145)

Computer says that it is September 12, but reading this article, I am sure that it is April 1.
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